Aerospace Machinists raise $14,000 for charity at race

KENT – Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F’s second annual Karting Challenge raised more than $14,000 for charity.

crowdedThe event was held Sept. 6 at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways. Twenty teams, each with as many as four drivers, raced for two hours on the 0.9 mile track, hitting speeds up to 50 mph. The racing was close – the top two teams finished 8 seconds apart.

“The folks at Pacific Raceways were great to work with, and thanks to our teams and our sponsors, we had a great time, and raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause,” said Local 751-F President Robley Evans.

All the proceeds are going to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides service dogs, and training in their use, free of charge to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.

Local 751-F is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past five years, the union has raised nearly $1.5 million for the charity, including a record $384,000 in 2013 

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents some 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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